The aim of child nutrition is to provide a healthy growth and development, in other words to enable physical and cognitive changes. In this way, the bodily size of a child increases, cell structures and functions, motor and cognitive skills, sensory and social behaviors mature. The correct nutrition, socio-economical level, environment, cultural factors and genetics affect growth. Lack of or imbalanced nutrition in childhood results in various health problems. Such lack of nutrition may cause disorders in learning, sight, hearing and speaking.
In this period, the nutrition and dietary habits of a child is affected mostly by family members. Therefore, healthy eating must be planned and implemented for the whole family. The requirements for developing children are more particular than grown-ups. As a result, eating a single type of food must be avoided and nutrition variety must be ensured.
The child must supply all his/her energy, protein, fat, vitamin and mineral needs from the essential nutrients in his/her daily food intake. 50-55% of the daily energy requirement must be supplied from carbohydrates, 15-20% from proteins and 30% from fats
What is organic? What is organic food?
Certified organic foods must be grown without the use of GMOs (genetically-modified organisms), pesticides, antibiotics and hormones.
It is also better for the environment as it supports sustainability, soil contains more minerals that conventional farms.
The organic process starts from the soil and ends with the final product. It’s also been proven that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food. For example organic food contains more Vitamin C and antioxidants that protect the plant, naturally.
Why should we consume organic products?
There are couple of things to do to support humans’ health, one and maybe the most important one is to eat healthy foods. Especially when you are a kid, by their nature, children are more sensitive to pesticides than adults. A child's body continues to grow until 18, and their brain and nervous system are under development until the age of 25. While their systems are growing it means that what they are exposed to, will grow in their body too.
Organic products contain far more vitamins, minerals and natural antioxidants as they lack other harmful substances. Organic products enhance the immune system, supports the resilience system. When shopping for organic products, it is important to shop in season. Tomatoes, squashes or cucumbers must not be eaten in winter just because they are organic. It is enforced by law and bylaws that produce with organic stickers must be certified. The production systems of these products must be supported by the independent audit and certification companies. The use of genetically modified organisms which can be harmful for both the environment and human health is forbidden in ecological farming. As hormones and other artificial substances are not used, they are more natural in structure and supportive for health. It is beneficial for people with special nutritional needs, such as pregnant women and children to prefer organic products.
Are our products nourishing?
While creating the recipes of our products, we welcomed support from a nutritionist a specialist on pediatric nutrition and a mother herself. We strived not only to create organic products but also nourishing products.
Oats, quinoa, nuts, dried fruits, locust, dried vegetables are our main ingredients. Our products are rich in vitamins and minerals and do not contain any added sugar. Especially our oat bars are rich in Vitamin A, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium which are vital in child nutrition and do not contain cholesterol.
Why did we choose oat?
The main reason why we prefer oat in our products is that it is rich in vitamins and minerals and therefore it support development of children Oats contain valuable nutrients such as soluble fiber, proteins, unsaturated fat acids, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in large amounts. They are rich in beta-glucan (2.3-8.5g/100g) and antioxidants. Protein content in oat varies between 12.4-24.4% and it is higher in the bran of the oat.
Oats contain lysine, an essential amino acid in low amounts. Fat content of oats is between 3-12%. Alsorich in vitamins B and E, zinc, manganese, iron, thiamine, folate, niacin. 100 grams oats contain 370 kcal, 63.29 grams carbohydrates, 12.53 grams protein, 7 grams fat, 5.43 grams fiber, 7 mg sodium, 348 mg potassium, 54 mg calcium, 4.6 mg iron.
What is apple juice concentrate?
Fruit Juice Concentrate is simply a concentrated or condensed fruit juice, which is generated by evaporating some of the water inside by heating the freshly squeezed fruit juice, containing no preservatives or any similar additive, totally natural.
Apple juice concentrate is produced from clean and solid apples washed and selected before the process. Before juicing the fruits, apples are crushed and cleaned from the pectin to adjust viscosity. Then it is filtered to ensure clarity. The filtered and pectin-free juice is concentrated in low heat and under vacuum to derive high quality product.
The 70° Brix product generated is cooled immediately and packaged. Apple juice concentrate is produced under good production conditions (GPC). That is, fruit juice concentrate is composed of only fruits, does not contain sugar and preservatives.
Why ther is no added sugar?
Refined sugar mixes with the blood faster, increases blood pressure, causes over segregation of insulin and overtires the pancreas. We use organic dried fruits, honeyand low glycemic index apple juice concentrate to flavor our products.
Why do we use quinoa?
Although quinoa has grain like features, it is not a grain, it is closer to plants such as spinach and beet. As it is not a grain derivative, it does not contain the wheat protein ‘gluten’. It is a suitable product for people with gluten intolerance and celiac disease. It contains main amino acids such as lysine and iron, calcium and phosphorus. Quinoa seed contains A, B, C, D and K vitamins. Despite its rich content, quinoa seeds do not contain any cholesterol.
*Quinoa is a complete protein. It contains all the amino acids the body requires. It is an excellent vegetal protein source for vegetarians and vegans with the 4.5 grams high quality protein in contains in 100 grams. Biological value of the quinoa proteins is high.
*Resistant starch content of quinoa is lower than wheat and rye. Therefore, its glycemic index is low as well.
*It contains double the amount fiber/pulp compared to other grains. Fiber is essential for preventing constipation, increasing satiety period, balancing blood sugar and decreasing cholesterol.
*It contains high iron content. Anemia due to iron efficiency is common especially amongst children drinking milk.
*The researches put forward that eating quinoa regularly decreases total cholesterol and sustains HDL (good cholesterol) ratio. Moreover, some substances in quinoa protects the veins from inflammatory diseases.
Why do we use organic Sunflower oil?
Sunflower oil is a plant-based oil derived from the seeds of sunflower plant with a light-yellow color and a light aroma. It contains many unsaturated fat acids in its structure, that is linoleic acid known as omega 6 and A, D and E vitamins.
Sunflower oil is an oil type that does not contain GMO (genetically modified organisms). GMO containing products are; Corn, Soy, Canola and Cotton seed oil and produces containing these products. Sunflower oil is found appropriate for production in that sense looking at its taste and structure suitable for heat.
Is use of molasses / honey harmful?
In our daily life we started using honey and molasses in our kitchens as healthy alternatives for sugar. We know that ‘sugar’ is the sweet poison and our biggest enemy. However, honey and molasses are more nourishing thanks to the minerals they contain and have an effect of protecting and developing our health. The biggest concern about the use of these food in baked products is if they will be harmful under high temperatures. Honey starts to lose its nutrition over 65°C, molasses over 100°C…
When any product containing sugar, that is carbohydrates, starch and protein is exposed to high heat (170°C and over), a harmful, carcinogen substance called ‘acrylamide’ comes out. We bake our products in conventional ovens heated at 140 and in minimum periods so we achieve to sustain nutritional loss to a minimum and not to expose any harmful substances. We created all our recipes by getting approvals from food engineers and nutritionists and the analysis carried out show no harmful substances are detected.
When shall I give your products to my child?
We have prepared products which can be with you during sudden urges of hunger and crisis and products that you can safely offer your children at park, cinema or car. You can decide on the amount based on your child’s age, development and appetite.
Please ensure that your child is sitting during feeding and under the surveillance of a grown up.
Do you have gluten-free products?
We often face the wrong impression that organic products need to be gluten-free as well. There are of course gluten-free organic products in the market as well, but this does not mean organic is directly relevant with being gluten-free. All our product line is certified organic. The Cacao brownie/cake is both organic and gluten-free.
Do you have vegan products?
Yes we do. Vegan products are
1) Gingerbread Cookies,
2) Carob &Hazelnut Cookies,
3) Cacao & Nut Cake Brownie,
4) Beetroot Grissini
5) Apricot&Nut Oaty Bar
6) Carrot Cake Oaty Bar
Our products possess Vegan Document.
Do you have dairy-free products?
Yes we do.
1) Gingerbread Cookies
2) Carob &Hazelnut Cookies
3) Quinoa & Honey Cookies
4) Cacao & Nut Cake Brownie
5) Beetroot Grissini
6) Apricot&Nut Oaty Bar
7) Carrot Cake Oaty Bar
Can people with egg allergies consume the products?
Eggs are not used in any of our products. Although eggs are not used in the products, they can be found in the products in trace amounts.
Are your products only for the consumption of children?
Of course not. Anybody who would like to eat healthily can consume our products. We have in our heart to overcome the prejudices that healthy and sugar-free products are tasteless. You will experience this benefit when you try, our products, they are healthy and delicious. Moreover, they are sugar-free, fat content is minimum so they can be regarded as low calorie and low glycemic index foods. For example, our oat bar is only 88 calories and does not contain any cholesterol.
Where do you produce?
We produce our products in the certified organic production line of 23.000 m2 production facility at Cakes & Bakes, a BTA organization, accompanied by food engineers, with the special recipes developed to meet the nutritional needs of children, with utmost care & hygiene
Do you have organic certificate?
Our products are certified by the audit and certification institution Magenta numbered TR-OT-038 within the scope of the bylaw on Organic Farming guidelines and practices.
From where do you source your raw materials?
All our raw materials are certified organic products,sourced locally from Turkey. They are analyzed and audited and sourced from reliable and sustainable sources and halal.
Are your products halal?
Yes we do have a Halal certificate.
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